Remissions

Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus funding is made available in English schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between them and their peers. As a music hub, Barnet Education Arts Trust (BEAT) does not receive Pupil Premium or Pupil Premium Plus funding.

However, BEAT is committed to giving every young person access to a music education and to supporting eligible young people to develop their musical talent where possible.

All applications for financial help for students eligible for Pupil Premium or Pupil Premium Plus funding will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and in the strictest confidence.

Remissions can be applied to all BEAT activities including (but not exclusively)

  • Instrumental and Vocal Tuition - £50 off termly tuition fees
  • Music Academy Main Activities - free of charge
  • Instrument Hire - free of charge

Eligibility

 Applications will be considered from children included in the following categories:

  • Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 Free School Meals (FSM) as well as eligible children with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) pupils in these year groups.
  • Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child (already listed above) or
  • In receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence

Please note that, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Government have temporarily expanded the criteria of who is eligible for Free School Meals, which now also includes:

  • Children of Zambrano carers
  • Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction

Click here for more details on the Government’s website.

Please note only one subsidised discount can be applied per applicant (per pupil).

Sibling Discounts

Families who do not fall into the above categories can still benefit from a 10% discount for siblings attending main activities (e.g. both siblings attend the same ensemble) at our music academies.

Please note only one subsidised discount can be applied per applicant, up to a maximum of 10% remissions of group fees (per pupil).

Multiple Group Discount

This is available for flagship group students only.

The first group paid at full price, subsequent groups charged at 50% (up to a maximum of two extra groups).

Instrument Hire and Charging

Instruments can be hired free of charge from BEAT to any child eligible to a remission as stated under Eligibility.

How to apply

In all cases proof of entitlement will be required before provision starts.

Applications can be made through the parent portal or by contacting your school directly. Please note that all applications for remission will be treated in the strictest confidence.

BEAT reserves the right to withdraw funding should pupils fail to meet the expected level of commitment and progress. The remission will be reviewed at the end of each academic year and continued funding is subject to pupils demonstrating the required level of commitment and progress.

Discretionary funding

We offer Discretionary Funding awards to children who may not meet the criteria for Pupil Premium but who have a specific and demonstrable financial need that presents a barrier to participation.

Discretionary funding decisions will take into account a combination of; financial need, commitment, musical potential, previous commitment and attendance at BEAT activities, and the ability to make a positive contribution to, and take full benefit from activities at BEAT.

Where a need has been identified and an application has been accepted, BEAT may choose to award a time limited discretionary award to support the child’s continued musical education at the Music Academy.  Awards are offered for a limited time period of one term, at which point the application will be reviewed to consider whether further funding can be offered (awards are not automatically renewed).

Further funding will be subject to the following criteria:

  • Financial need
  • Commitment to all Music Academy activities
  • Musical progress and potential
  • Regular and punctual attendance at all rehearsals, courses and performances
  • Behaviour and attitude

Applications can be made via the relevant Head of Academy. Please note that all applications for discretionary funding or remission will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Discretionary funding awards are solely at the discretion of BEAT and any decision by the CEO is final. BEAT reserves the right to withdraw funding should pupils fail to meet the expected level of commitment and progress.

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